Meghan Markle’s pregnancy announcement came exactly 37 years after UK newspapers announced that Princess Diana was expecting Prince Harry.
The Duke and Duchess said they were “overjoyed to be expecting their second child” in an announcement on Valentine’s Day — the same day UK papers had Lady Di’s pregnancy splashed across their front pages in 1984.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry posing with baby Archie on May 8, 2019.Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images
“Secret behind that smile … a baby!” the Daily Mail front page said, with a photo of a grinning Diana.
The Daily Express similarly said the “smile that says it all.”
“September baby for Princess,” the Telegraph reported at the time, adding that “the Queen says she is delighted.”
The front page of The New York Post on February 13, 1984 announcing Princess Diana’s pregnancy with Prince Harry.
Diana’s pregnancy announcement was actually made late the previous day — with the time difference allowing The Post to beat UK papers and run the story on its front page on Feb. 13 that year.
“Mom’s the word for Princess Di — again,” New York’s favorite paper headlined its story about the announcement.
The story from the New York Post about Princess Diana’s second pregnancy.
The Sun, which also celebrated the pregnancy on its front page — albeit saying that Diana wanted a girl — suggested Monday that the Sussexes may have deliberately picked the date as a “secret nod” to Harry’s mom, who died in a car crash in August 1997.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle strolling through the Redwoods Tree Walk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand.Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images
Baby Sussex will be eighth in line to the throne — behind big brother Archie, who turns two in May, and their 36-year-old dad Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, The Telegraph noted.
The news comes a few months after Markle talked of her “almost unbearable grief” after suffering a miscarriage in July.